The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors will vote Thursday on a proposal to add a week to the front of the college baseball season, lengthening the schedule from 13 weeks to 14. The legislative council passed the proposal last week (and also rejected a proposal to reduce the season to 52 games), and if the BOD approves it, it will go into effect for the 2010 season.
American Baseball Coaches Association executive director Dave Keilitz said he wasn’t sure what to expect in Thursday’s vote.
"I think you could flip a coin on that one—I just don’t know," Keilitz said. "All indications from the Board have been to keep it status quo, so we’ll just have to wait to see what they decide to do."
Another source close to the Division I Baseball Committee indicated "it looked very favorable" that the Board will support the 14-week proposal.
If the proposal is passed, it will make most coaches happy. Most coaches we’ve talked to over the years see a 14-week schedule as common sense—four games a week for 14 weeks equals 56 games. However, it will create a short-term headache for coaches who have already finished their 2010 schedules.
"A lot of people have already compacted their schedule," one coach said. "A lot of people are going to have to drop midweeks in order to pick up that first weekend."
We’ll post an update as soon as official word of the vote comes in.
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